Little Mix can best be described as the female counterpart to One Direction — chipper, inspirational teen pop from a group formed on The X Factor in the UK — but the sound of their debut album failed to live up to the bar set by their predecessors (Spice Girls, Sugababes, Girls Aloud and so on).
That’s why it’s so refreshing to hear their new single, “Move,” the first from their as-yet-untitled sophomore album: It’s a stronger, more appealingly weird offering, one that evokes Sugababes’ iconic “Overload” (or, more recently, Beyonce‘s “Grown Woman”) with its weird humming-and-clicking instrumentation; the big soulful chorus is a welcome surprise, and the harmonies are lushly invigorating.
The best girl group singles are always so wonderful because they’re strange, and British girl groups do that better than anyone: “Move,” with its curious patchwork approach to structure and bustling production, fits the bill perfectly. Big ups, Little Mix.
Little Mix — “Move”